Day 4 – Tripoli

Posted on March 26, 2018

Ahlan wa sahlan!

Just a quick one today, as we didn’t do a whole lot. We checked out of our hotel in Beirut by 11am, heading out to brunch before our drive to Tripoli. We opted to eat at the same place we had dinner the other night, since we knew it was good. There was also a Juice Bar nearby, so we were able to get some specialty juice! Can confirm, was amazing.

After our food, we went on the hour or so drive to Tripoli, to the apartment we’re staying in (which is owned by one of our relatives). We settled in, then headed out for a walk around the area to get our bearings. Turns out one of the electoral candidates was visiting nearby today, so it wasn’t the best day for a stroll.

There were convoys of cars adorned with posters/signs, blaring music and beeping their horns obnoxiously. Not to mention the large amount of military driving around. But we found some nearby restaurants, a supermarket, and surprisingly a gaming lounge. Might have to check it out.

Once we had finished our stroll, we bought some supplies from the supermarket and headed back to rest before our family in Tripoli came to visit. Some of them are pictured above!

It’s nice to meet family here, though conversation can always be difficult with the language barrier. We had some nice kanafeh though, which is the main thing.

Day 2 – Beirut

Posted on March 24, 2018

What defines a nap? Is it duration or time of day?

You already know how today started, if you read the previous post. If not… too bad. Our first destination today was Raouche, which is apparently a quite famous area, specifically for the rocks located there (pictured above). We walked the ten minutes or so along the waterside road to get there.

We ate breakfast at a great restaurant overlooking the rocks and ocean. Orange juice report – amazing. Slightly less so than the first place, but still far above the norm. More orange juice reports to come.

After breakfast, the others went to some spa/facial type thing they had booked yesterday, which left me some time to catch up on photos/blog/internet things back at the hotel.

When they returned, we had a short break before dressing up and heading out to another strip along the water, lined with restaurants. We had another great Lebanese meal, (this time with much meat), and some intense philosophical questions (what defines a nap? Is it duration or time of day?), followed by dessert and subsequent food coma.

Oh and the orange juice was great, but a little on the sour side. A bit sweeter and it would have been perfect. I want to try some from a juice bar to see if a specialty in juice is a contributing factor.